LPA Principal Helped Establish LPA Sacramento Office and Create Model for Integrated Design
(Irvine, Calif.) January 23, 2020 — LPA Sacramento Studio Director Kevin Sullivan has announced his retirement, leaving behind a 30-year legacy of inspiring projects throughout California.
In his career with LPA, Kevin helped develop the firm’s integrated practice and established the Sacramento studio as an important voice in local design. He played a key role in the redesign of the College of San Mateo campus, as well as master plans for the cities of Oroville and Brentwood, among a long list of projects.
“I always loved the master plan process, where we worked with the community to develop concepts that affected people’s lives,” Sullivan says.
A landscape architect, Sullivan joined LPA in 2000, after working with the firm on several joint projects. He established LPA’s landscape architecture studio in Roseville and led the effort to move the firm’s office to downtown Sacramento in 2015. In his leadership role, he served as a mentor to many designers who are now playing important roles in the industry.
“The projects he was a part of are significant, but the impact he had on young designers, me included, is his enduring gift,” said Wendy Rogers, LPA’s CEO and Chief Talent Officer.
Sullivan will be remembered as a passionate advocate for inclusion and prioritizing the individual voice in the design process. On projects like the design of the Gauche Aquatic Park in Yuba City, he led an extensive outreach effort to build consensus and design a facility that reflects the community interests.
“Kevin will be missed not only as a trusted partner, but as a friend,” LPA President Dan Heinfeld said. “Kevin made us a better firm and was instrumental in making landscape a fully integrated part of our design process.”
During his tenure, the Sacramento office grew from a focus on K-12 schools to a well-rounded integrated firm, impacting design in workplace, higher education and healthcare.
“There is a high bar for design at LPA and that is what I aspired to,” Sullivan said. “I’m going to miss the collaboration and working side by side with so many dedicated professionals.”
Founded in 1965, LPA specializes in creating innovative environments that work better, do more with less and improve people’s lives. An integrated design firm with six locations in California and Texas, LPA’s team includes more than 400 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and research analysts, working across a wide array of sectors. For more information, visit lpadesignstudios.com.